'American Idol' : Fashion Flashback

The show may be over, but their styles live on. See the signature looks from Blake, Melinda, Jordin and more. By Aaron Parsley

01 of 09

BLAKE LEWIS

BLAKE LEWIS
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The beat-boxing runner-up caused a stir when he went from his natural blonde to brunette, but stayed consistent to his uniform of sneakers, sweaters, shirttails and what he calls "grandpa slacks with cool patterns." He shrugs off the attention to his wardrobe. "I guess people think I have some style because I don't wear jeans."

02 of 09

MELINDA DOOLITTLE

MELINDA DOOLITTLE
Fox

Simon Cowell's favorite singer had her most stylish – and flattering – moments with classic, knee-length dresses in neutral tones. And as her performances got stronger, her hair got longer and sexier as the season went on. "I'm gonna blame it on the new [wigs]," she said. "I love them!"

03 of 09

SANJAYA MALAKAR

SANJAYA MALAKAR
Fox

Who even remembers his singing? The 17-year old's ever-changing hairstyles were the season's attention-getter. He even spawned a brand-new 'do: the pony-hawk.

04 of 09

LAKISHA JONES

LAKISHA JONES
Fox

For this diva, there were no casual moments – continually opting to perform in sweeping gowns in bold colors. A style highlight was her performance of the Shirley Bassey classic "Diamonds Are Forever" decked in – what else? – a million dollars' worth of Kwiat diamonds!

05 of 09

CHRIS RICHARDSON

CHRIS RICHARDSON
Fox

The 22-year-old's falsetto singing style, close-cropped haircut and charming good looks earned him the nickname "Justin Timberfake." Of course, his penchant for cool T-shirts, designer jeans and sneakers does remind us of a certain someone... paging Mr. Timberlake!

06 of 09

GINA GLOCKSON

GINA GLOCKSON
Fox

Whether she wore pants and heels or a skirt and boots, the 22-year-old resident rocker kept her look punked-out with edgy red streaks and a pierced tongue – the perfect complement to songs like "Paint It Black" and "Call Me When You're Sober" by Evanescence.

07 of 09

HALEY SCARNATO

HALEY SCARNATO
Fox

Much was made of the singer's sexy outfits after Simon said her strategy was to wear as little clothing as possible. But with legs like that, who can blame her for flaunting them in short-shorts and heels?

08 of 09

PHIL STACEY

PHIL STACEY
Fox

The sailor walked onto the Idol stage week after week in crisp button-downs, paired with jeans or pants – never a fashion foul, but never the most thrilling. Maybe there is something to say about playing it safe – but only with your wardrobe and not your song choice. Right, Simon?

09 of 09

JORDIN SPARKS

JORDIN SPARKS
Fox

The 17-year old's style was as varied as her song choice, wearing everything from jeans to floor-length gowns. But her high notes came after she caught the eye of fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who created a custom wardrobe for her finale performances. "We kept thinking 'that's a beautiful young girl, she would look amazing in her clothes,'" says Badgley. "So, when it was down to the last two, we thought let's concentrate on Jordin and make her look amazing." Job well done.

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